The makers of Gibson and other kitchenware companies have become the targets of some of the worst criticism in a new book.
In “The Silicon Valley Story: The Rise and Fall of the Silicon Valley Kitchenware Industry,” published Tuesday by The Atlantic Monthly, author David M. Blight takes a look at Gibson and the rise of the “tech desert.”
Gibson founder and CEO David Blight, who is also CEO of IBM, has come under fire for his role in the company’s transition to the “enterprise” world.
The book details how Gibson and IBM used their position to get employees to embrace “enterprising” lifestyles.
In one example, Blight and other executives wrote to employees that they could expect to see “more of the ‘gift shop’ lifestyle” for the next 10 years.
“We will no longer be able to tolerate a culture of entitlement,” Blight wrote.
In an interview with the Atlantic, Blights said the book is not a political attack on the company, but is instead an examination of a larger, more complicated problem.
“It is a really good book,” Blights told the magazine.
“I am really surprised that I have been read like this.”
Blight, a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University and author of the 2013 book “The Tech-Savage Workplace,” has written about how companies are moving from a “product-driven” culture to a “work-from-home” culture.
The tech-driven culture, he writes, is the result of a shift toward outsourcing and outsourcing to other companies.
Blight says Gibson and many other makers of kitchenware and other household appliances have had to adapt to this shift.
In an email to Recode, Bligh said the tech-led companies are also changing how they manage their own data.
“It’s a very different way of managing it than it was a few years ago,” he said.
“If you had been an employee at IBM in 2009, you might not have noticed that there were massive data breaches and people were leaving to go work for a competitor.
And the employees who were left were very unhappy.”
Blights says Gibson used its position as a maker of consumer electronics and home appliances to help companies “learn from” the companies it was buying from, and to create “a more productive and more efficient way to manage their data.”
Gretchen Schiller, a senior vice president of global communications for Gibson, told Recode in an email that the company had no comment on Blight’s book.
“Gibbs commitment to innovation and its commitment to the best customer service is reflected in the products we bring to market,” she said.
The company did not respond to requests for comment from Recode.
A Gibson spokesperson did not return requests for additional comment.